Setting An Oscar Record
John Williams today surpassed the late Alfred Newman for most career Oscar nominations for film scores. Williams has two scores in the running this year, War Horse and The Adventures Of Tintin, bringing his career total to 42. Williams received his first nomination for Best Score in 1967. Newman amassed 41 nominations for scores, from 1938 to 1970. That last nomination was posthumous: Newman, the uncle of Randy Newman, died in 1970.
Williams faces three foreign-born composers: France's Ludovic Bource, for The Artist; Canada's Howard Shore, for Hugo; and Spain's Alberto Iglesias, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is the first score nomination for Bource; the third for both Shore and Iglesias. Shore won for scoring two installments in The Lord Of The Rings franchise. Iglesias was nominated for scoring The Constant Gardener and The Kite Runner.
Williams has received a total of 47 Oscar nominations (counting five nominations in the Best Song category). Only one individual in film history, Walt Disney, has amassed more. Disney amassed 59 nominations between 1931/32 and 1968. That last nomination was posthumous: Disney died in 1966.
Just two songs are vying for Best Song this year, which is the lowest number of finalists in the category since it was introduced in 1934. The previous low was three nominees. This year's finalists are "Man Or Muppet" from The Muppets and "Real In Rio" from Rio. Bret McKenzie from the Grammy-winning comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords wrote "Man Or Muppet." Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown co-wrote "Real In Rio" with Siedah Garrett.
"Man Or Muppet" is the third song from a Muppet movie to receive an Oscar nomination. It follows "The Rainbow Connection" from 1979's The Muppet Movie and "The First Time It Happens" from 1981's The Great Muppet Caper.
This is the first nomination for Mendes, whose Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 performed the nominated "The Look Of Love" on the Oscars in April 1968. Two months later, the song became a top five hit for the ensemble.
This is Garrett's second nomination. She was nominated five years ago for co-writing "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls. Garrett is probably still best known for her work on two Michael Jackson hits from Bad. She was featured on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and co-wrote "Man In The Mirror."